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Hi We are trying to find out about Terence Joseph Mooney, my late Father.  His birth certificate states he was born at 62 Anne Street, Dundalk on 22nd January 1929 and that his father was John Mooney and his mother Annie Mooney (Travers), that is all we know. He left Ireland when he joined the RAF and never talked about his childhood or upbringing, not even with my mother, who died not knowing anything about his formative years. We assume his childhood was so unpleasant that he wanted to completely block it from his mind, we obviously respected this while he was alive but it leaves us wondering if we have blood relatives, who we would dearly love to meet. My father never returned to Ireland. We have so far failed to find any trace whatsoever of John Mooney or Annie Travers so we believe these names may have been made up. If anybody can add to our very limited knowledge please do so, we would be grateful of any information at all. We did wonder if he was brought up in a home of some sort but again we have not been able to establish anything at all. My father donated money each year to either the Dominican Fathers or Columban Missionaries.  


Paul 07505 104324

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Friday 28th May 2021, 03:08PM

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    Friday 28th May 2021, 05:02PM
  • Hello Paul, the problem we have is it is too recent for most genealogy sites to record it fully, I can find reference to the birth in Dundalk, Louth, Anne Street is in the centre of town.

    I see no other children born to a mother Travers listed but there are some born in Dundalk whese there is no mother listed, this is from Family Search (free site) and Ancestry subscription site. Details are not carried on these sites just bare information, Irish Genealogy a free Irish Government site is down currently but only has births to 1921 (they are using a 100 year rule for births so we are 8 years away) Roger said he looked for a marriage and there is no marrige to be found, however as the country divided in 1921 it is possible marriage took place in Armagh or Down two counties of Northern Ireland which border Louth and are still a sort of common area but different juristrictions. 

    As Travers is an unusual name I searched for Annie in the 1911 census and found a likely candidate in Dundalk not too far from Anne Street, in Wrightsons Place, Dundalk, actually near where a religious home of some kind as another query was here on it, children were sent there if a parent died or other misfortune. You can see the entry here Search Annie Travers and age 15 in Louth, interestingly her father and mother were from Sligo and the children born in various counties and she was born in County Down now in Northern Ireland, a check in the 1901 census might show where they were then, the father was a carpenter. To check if she married in Northern Ireland you could look up PRONI here 

    Her parents would have married in 1888 or thereabouts. You need her marriage certificate to confirm her fathers name and his for that matter.

    There are few Mooneys in Dundalk in the census, I was surprised as it is a common enough name, there is a brother and sister in the 1911 census in Park Street and it and Annes Street run one into the other, however the two are a pharmaceutist and a teacher of English literature so some education implying some money, and they live in the pharmacy with workers and a servant. 

    The Irish census of 1926 will be released in 2026 so you may get some more info there, it hinges on finding the marriage certificate though and I will look again at the Irish Genealogy when it reappears online, it is possible it was not registered as the new state was in its formative years etc but there would be a church record, assuming RC as the donations indicate you could try writing to the parish church and see if they have a record.

    There are some Louth private FB pages also, you can apply to join to see if there is anyone looking up the names, Travers is not a common name in Louth and only the one family in the census, Mooney is more common. 

    If you want any other webblinks let me know there is a good one on Louth but doubt it will assist you, it is here 

    You need to locate the marriage certificate to proceed with any certainty. 

    I should be in Dundalk in the next month and if I see 62 Anne Street I will take a photo, you may find it on Google Street View.

    Feel free to revert if you have any follow up queries.

    Good Luck





    St Peters Louth

    Saturday 29th May 2021, 11:06PM